Ashwin's take on Swann's 'mystery' bowler comments

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Updated: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 15:29 [IST]
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'Swann need not drive me to perform'

Mumbai, Nov 10: India's Ravichandran Ashwin took a dig at Graeme Swann's comments as he said the England spinner need not drive him to perform, during India's preparatory camp on Friday.

India's talented spinner who has taken 49 wickets off 8 Test matches, said that one need not be a mysterious spinner to take wickets, as he took a dig at England spinner Graeme Swann's comments.

Swann, recently had said that India is not blessed with a mystery spinner like Saeed Ajmal, and playing Indian spinners was not tough.

"When we played in Dubai that was not really the subcontinent, that wicket was very unique in the sense that it was very skiddy and span as well. India's wickets are more traditional, more what people are used to, so I would be very surprised if that happened again," Swann said.

"Secondly, we were bowled out by a mystery spinner that batsmen could not pick. India are not really blessed with a mystery spinner like that," Graeme Swann told reporters a couple of days ago.

Ashwin, though refused to comment on that statement, he said the team would definitely perform well as they have skilled players and need not be a mysterious spinner to take wickets, as they bank on their skills.

"I don't need to comment on what Swann has said. We'd rather demonstrate our wiles and skill on the field. I don't subscribe to all these theories as ultimately your performance on the field counts, rest everything is inconsequential. One doesn't necessarily have to be a 'mystery' spinner to take wickets," Ashwin was quoted as saying by CricketNext.

"I don't need Swann to drive me to perform. Playing for India and winning the matches for the country are the biggest motivation. Both of us will try to perform to the best of our abilities and I hope it'll make for some cracking moments," Ashwin added.

With India's spin duo performing well at home, England are sure to smell revenge, as Indian spinners look forward to humiliate the visitors especially after the 4-0 loss at England last year.


Story first published:  Saturday, November 10, 2012, 15:26 [IST]
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